Chapter 322: Halo of Dusk Stallion!
The Xu Clan was a powerful clan in the capital. While it couldn't match up with the prestigious Wang Clan, it definitely didn't pale by much. They would definitely be a valuable asset if Wang Chong could bring them to his side.
More importantly, the Xu Clan was still neutral at this moment.
After all, for a clan as large as the Xu Clan, how could they be content with submitting to any power at the current stage?
However, this also meant that it would be difficult for Wang Chong to act as well.
Xu Qiqin was a proud swan, and the fact that she had concealed her identity to challenge Wang Chong reflected that. Convincing such a proud person to submit to him wouldn't be easy.
Furthermore, given Xu Qiqin's bright reputation in Longwei Training Camp, she was probably stronger than him as well. If Wang Chong wanted to make her submit, he would have to suppress her pride first.
With this, Wang Chong already knew what he should do.
Wang Chong continued walking down the line calmly, placing a stone on each chessboard.
Watching as a large portion of their stones were taken away by Wang Chong, and black was swiftly dominating the board, cold sweat drenched the back of the examinees.
Wang Chong also didn't make things too difficult for them. After getting a clear assessment of their capability, he would let them off the hook. Xu Qiqin was the only one who Wang Chong didn't hold back on.
If he had used only ten percent of his prowess against the others, he had used at least sixty percent to deal with Xu Qiqin.
And it was due to this double standard that despite Xu Qiqin's superior chess skill, she lost in a worse state than the others.
It started from a deep frown, but eventually she began biting her lips, and cold sweat began dripping down her fair face.
Nearing the end, her face was already completely drained of blood.
She had intended to retaliate initially, but under Wang Chong's relentless torrent of attacks, her defenses were swiftly breached.
In the end, she suffered a defeat more tragic than the other examinees.
Wang Chong put down the final stone nonchalantly without saying a word, as if he was oblivious to Xu Qiqin's pale face.
"I shall announce the names of those who have cleared this examination. Zhou Yao, Xu Yongyuan, Ou Chunyang, Chang Wu, Sun Zhongshu..."
Wang Chong began announcing the ones who had cleared his test, and those who had their names called cheered in delight and excitement. But for some reason, the name Xu Chong wasn't part of the list.
"Alright. Wei Anfang, prepare a token for those whose names were called and escort them to the spirit vein to cultivate."
"Yes, gongzi,"Wei Anfang replied respectfully.
After which, Wang Chong flung his sleeves and left the room.
"Wait a moment!"
An abrupt voice halted Wang Chong. Xu Qiqin stood up and pointed to the examinees around her indignantly, "My chess skill is clearly above them. Why did you pass them, but fail me?"
A loss was a loss, but Xu Qiqin knew very well that her chess skill was far better than the other examinees here. Thus, she was dissatisfied to learn that she wasn't chosen.
"Hmph, you dare to speak about your chess skill after losing more than 200 mu? Come back after you have raised your chess skill!"
"You!" Xu Qiqin clenched her jaws in anger.
Ignoring her, Wang Chong harrumphed coldly and headed down the stairs.
Under normal circumstances, Xu Qiqin would never allow a person to snub her like that. She possessed incredible strength that was on par with Marquess Yi, and even Yao Feng had suffered in her hands before.
But since she had decided to pass herself off as Xu Chong, Wang Chong was also glad to play ignorant as well.
After Wang Chong left, Xu Qiqin finally slammed her palm onto the table, and the rosewood table which was known for its resilience shattered into countless fragments, shocking everyone in the area.
Xu Qiqin knew that Wang Chong was intentionally making things hard for her. He was playing with a double standard against her, leaving no room for her to recover at all.
But she couldn't understand the reason behind it. Could the other party have seen through her disguise?
But even if that was the case, surely he couldn't identify her so easily?
Taking a step back, even if her identity were to be exposed, there should be no need for Wang Chong to regard her with such bias.
"Hmph, what are you looking at? Do you think I can't afford this table?"
Throwing a few gold taels by the side, Xu Qiqin stomped out of the room.
By the gate of the Deflecting Blade Manor, a maid who had managed to sneak into the compounds as Marquess Yi's attendant was waiting with a bent back.
"Young mistress, how is it?" the maid asked with a suppressed voice which only Xu Qiqincould hear.
"Forget it, let's go!"
She was overflowing with rage earlier, but as soon as she stepped out of the gates, she unexpectedly calmed down.
With the revelation of the spirit vein and the news that Wang Chong was accepting members into the Deflecting Blade Manor, Wang Chong had managed to capture the attention of everyone in the capital.
In an instant, the Wang Clan was pushed to the center of everyone's eyes, and even the royal family was getting involved with them.
As the rising star of the Wang Clan, Wang Chong also became a celebrity.
When Xu Qiqin heard this news at Longwei Training Camp, she felt uncomfortable that there was someone standing above her. Thus, she decided to head over here to challenge Wang Chong.
But who could have known that she would only end up utterly humiliated? But even so, her anger faded far quicker than she had thought.
At this moment, the only thing in her mind was the various moves Wang Chong had used to curb her.
As prideful as she was, she had to admit that Wang Chong's moves were ingenious.
In terms of chess skill, she was no match for him at all.
Subconsciously, Xu Qiqin couldn't help but recall the rumors in the capital. It was said that Wang Chong had faced off with Great Tang's legendary War God Su Zhengchen at the Ghost Tree District, and even defeated him.
Xu Qiqin had always admired Su Zhengchen, so this rumor played a heavy role in her hostility towards Wang Chong.
She was initially skeptical of the rumors, but at this moment, she couldn't help but consider the possibility of it being true.
Hmph, don't you get gleeful. I'll eventually defeat you, Xu Qiqin thought. Wang Chong's chess skill was indeed astounding, but she didn't think that she paled by too much.
She would defeat him the next time she came, and then, she would reveal her true identity.
Even now, Xu Qiqin still didn't think that Wang Chong was aware of her identity.
"But young mistress..."
"Enough. We'll return in the future!" Xu Qiqin said as she descended the mountain. Reaching a remote region of the mountain, she flicked her finger at her head lightly, and kacha, a clip shattered. Luxurious long silky hair cascaded down like a waterfall, falling on her shoulders, back, chest, and hands.
With a slight flick of her right forefinger, the man's robe on her was split into two pieces, revealing a white dress underneath.
With this transformation, Xu Qiqin had turned from a feminine young man into a captivating beauty.
If Wang Chong was here at this moment, he would be stunned as well.
Her beautiful black hair brought out a jade-like quality in her fair skin, accentuating her elegance.
However, what that would truly move the hearts of men was her final step. She took out a crimson rouge paper from her bosom and placed it between her lips, coloring it with the fiery tone of an inferno. The beautiful contrast and harmony among her features would leave anyone’s heart beating uncontrollably.
Stowing the rouge paper, she beckoned into the distance, and neighh!, a carriage prepared beforehand emerged from the forest.
Xu Qiqin lifted her skirt lightly before stepping onto the carriage with her maid. With a cloud of dust, the carriage disappeared into the distance.
Leaving the Deflecting Blade Manor, Wang Chong walked up to Kunwu Training Camp and headed straight for the main peak.
In a massive hall on the main peak, Wang Chong met Instructor Zhao Qianqiu.
"Wang Chong, what are you doing here?" Zhao Qianqiu asked in delight.
The hall was dark and gloomy. When Wang Chong first arrived, he saw Zhao Qianqiu sitting with a serious expression before a copper table. He wasn't able to catch a clear glimpse at first sight, but on the second, he couldn't help but chuckle.
Placed before Zhao Qianqiu was a chessboard, and if one were to take a closer look, one would realize that it was set up in a formation from the previous duel between Zhao Qianqiu and Wang Chong.
"Brat, what are you laughing at?" An arm suddenly darted out to circle around Wang Chong's neck and squeezed it tight. Wang Chong's face immediately turned red.
"Nothing at all, how could I possibly dare to laugh at you?" Wang Chong hurriedly admitted defeat. What other choice did he have? His cultivation might have progressed significantly in the past few months, but he was still in a different class from Zhao Qianqiu.
"Hmph!" Zhao Qianqiu pushed Wang Chong away in displeasure. In the training camp, there was usually a strict demarcation between instructors and students. However, Zhao Qianqiu was slightly different.
The fact that he was willing to dump ravenous tigers on his sleeping recruits in the middle of the night reflected his quirkiness. At the same time, he was also one of the few instructors who didn't put on airs with the recruits and fooled around with them.
But of course, Zhao Qianqiu didn't treat everyone in such a way. After being defeated by Wang Chong in the Chess Hall, he didn't dare to underestimate the latter anymore.
Perhaps it was due to Zhao Qianqiu viewing him as a fellow peer, but Wang Chong gained a greater degree of freedom than before.
"Alright, speak. You can't possibly be here for no reason," Zhao Qianqiu said impatiently.
"Instructor, I wish to learn the Halo of Dusk Stallion!" Wang Chong said.
"What did you say?" Zhao Qianqiu's nonchalance immediately crumbled after hearing the words from Wang Chong's mouth, and shock took its place.
"Halo of Dusk Stallion. I wish to learn the Halo of Dusk Stallion," Wang Chong repeated once more.
"My cultivation has already reached Origin Energy Tier 9 pinnacle, and my comprehension of the Power of Law has also reached the peak as well. I need a True Martial realm halo technique."
"No, that is not what I am asking. How do you know of the Halo of Dusk Stallion?"
Compared to his playful demeanor from before, Zhao Qianqiu had a grim expression at this moment as he gazed at the young man before him.
Halo of Dusk Stallion: 乌骓光环
The Dusk Stallion (Wuzhui) was actually Xiang Yu's steed. Xiang Yu was an extremely famous figure in China, and he was commonly known as the Conqueror of Western Chu. This steed was known for its valor on the battlefield alongside Xiang Yu, and rumor has it that after Xiang Yu committed suicide after his defeat, the steed leaped to its death in the river to pursue its master.